"Carmelo" means "Candy" in spanish... sweet town!

Trip Start Jul 20, 2011
Trip End Dec 09, 2011

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Where I stayed
Municipal Park and Yate Club - Carmelo
What I did
Camping at Yate Club, Hotel Casino with mini zoo, Carmelo Centro

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

S 34.  00.  418    W  058.  17.  964 Alt: 40m Temp: 18 degrees C @ 7 am

Carmelo is a city located in the department of Colonia of western Uruguay. Route 21 passes through the city, joining it with Nueva Palmira , to the northwest and Colonia to the southeast. Carmelo is noted for its wineries
We sat on the plaza at a small restaurant and sampled the local wine - really good and about 50 cents (USD) for a waterglass full !!!  Great place and good pizza too.

The present city was founded by Jose Gervasio Artigas on 12 February 1816.It took the official status of "city" on 17 August 1920 by decree Ley
No. 7.257. It is the only city founded personally by the Uruguayan
national hero, and it still holds this office proudly.
Carmelo has a swing bridge, the, ,Puerte Giratorio de Carmelo,  over the Arroyo de las Vacas, which opened on May 1, 1912.  THIS IS THE ONLY ONE LIKE IT IN THE WORLD.

There are two squares in the city. The one is Plaza Artigas, with a
monument to the foundation of the city, the church Templo Histórico del
Carmen and the city museum and archive. The other, more central square
is the commercial centre of the city. The main commercial street is 19
de Avril, which at its south ends at a bridge, after which it becomes
Route 21 which joins it with COLONIA and also forks towards other destinations.

The river Arroyo de las Vacas runs along the east and south part of
the city. This river serves as a port for the town. On its north bank
there is the Puerto Carmelo-Tigre, where small catamaran boats carry
passengers across the RIO DE LA PLATA to ARGENTINA. A bridge joins the north part of the city with its small southern part,
where another port along the southern banks of the river accommodates
private boats and the Yacht Club Carmelo. In the same part, along the
coast there is beach Playa Seré, a park, a small zoological garden and a
Casino Hotel.


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